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Bacterial Symbionts Induce Host Organ Morphogenesis During Early Postembryonic Development of the Squid Euprymna scolopes part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal abstract discusses the mutualistic association between the squid Euprymna scolopes and the bacterium Vibrio fischeri, an emerging experimental system for the study of the influence of ...

Fungi Help Reduce Transplant Failures at the Roots part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This news article reports that inoculating trees with mycorrhizal fungi prior to or at planting has revolutionized the reforestation of mined lands and similar projects. The fungi form a kind of ...

Collaboration via Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This hands-on activity gives students the opportunity to use skills and concepts developed in a unit on cells with an unknown organism. They are asked to design and complete a controlled experiment ...

Growing Slime Mold part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a short activity for growing the slime mold Physarum polycephalum. It includes materials needed, a three-step procedure, and helpful tips. The site is part of the Turbulent Landscapes exhibit ...

FunTrivia: Microbiology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site contains fun quizzes about microbiology. Each quiz is listed with difficulty level, how many times it has been played, the date it was created, and author name. Quiz titles include The ...

Microbial Mat Education Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA educational page features Earth's Earliest Ecosystems in the Classroom: a web site dedicated to the use of microbial mats to illustrate and demonstrate general principles of scientific ...

Stromatolite Explorer: Investigation of a Microbial Mat Community part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This animated video takes students on a journey through a microbial mat. The assigned mission is to probe a microbial mat by following an imaginary 0.10 mm stromatolite explorer as it descends ...

Slime Mold: The Blob on the Lawn part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This horticultural informational page discusses slime mold, including its description, life cycle, damage, control, and literature sources.

Introduction to the "Slime Molds" part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This educational page introduces the three main groups of slime molds: plasmodial slime molds, cellular slime molds, and Labyrinthulomycota. It offers a description of each and discusses their life ...